Santa Fe, New Mexico is a town that I've always associated with quiet romance. I've imagined it as a cozy, private getaway; a place to drink wine in a robe by an adobe fireplace and recharge mind, body, & spirit.
I had never been before this trip, but Santa Fe fit that description exactly.
It has such a distinct New Mexico look - adobe houses with brightly colored doors, mosaic sculptures, desert gardens, rustic wooden fences, pops of red and orange - and such a pleasant, laid-back artsy vibe. It is very sleepy (restaurants close at 10pm!) but for me that was part of the appeal.
As Pete and I strolled through the neighborhood of art galleries, I couldn't help but picture myself living in a Santa Fe cottage, wearing an organic linen caftan, painting on my terrace with homemade chiles rellenos baking in my outdoor oven.
When I knew we were stopping in Santa Fe, I did my research to find a charming bed & breakfast that perfectly captured the essence of New Mexico.
I found it: El Paradero.
Santa Fe's oldest Inn, it's tucked away in historic downtown and walking distance from all the attractions. Each room is adorned differently: with brightly painted walls, floral bedspreads, cozy kiva fireplaces, Central American weavings, folk art, tiled tubs and vases of roses.
The common areas exude the same Santa Fe flair, and best of all they serve a delicious Southwestern breakfast to kick-start your morning. Worth checking out if you're escaping to the area anytime soon :)